By Victor Serge, Richard Greeman
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1919-1920. St. Petersburg, urban of the tsars, has fallen to the revolution. Camped out within the well suited palaces of the previous regime, the recent masters of the town search to cement their keep watch over, while the counter-revolutionary White military musters its forces. Conquered urban, Victor Serge's hardest and so much unrelenting narrative, is dependent like a detective story--one during which the hot political regime seeks to trace down and get rid of its enemies--the spies, speculators, and traitors hidden one of the exhausted mass of universal humans. Conquered urban is set terror: the pink Terror and the White Terror. yet generally in regards to the pink, in regards to the Communists who've dared to select up the guns of power--police, weapons, jails, spies, treachery--in the gamble that wielding them with purity, in a righteous reason, they could placed an finish to the necessity for terror, maybe perpetually. And but those that wield those guns be aware of that they're doomed. Conquered urban is their tragedy and testomony.
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Conquered City by Victor Serge, Richard Greeman